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Chief Kim: Episode 4

As Ha-kyung starts to sink her teeth deeper into TQ Group’s corruption, she starts to question whether or not her new chief can really be trusted. But every time she decides to abandon him, he returns to take care of the things she cares for in ways that she had never dared to do. The question is, will those apparently impulsive actions be enough to take down the greater evil?

 
EPISODE 4 RECAP

Sung-ryong is dragged away by the police on charges of tax evasion and fraud. Horrified, Ha-kyung calls Madam Jang, suspecting that the innocent chief is taking the fall for a larger crime, just like the late Chief Lee did. Madam Jang assures her that she’ll look into it immediately. Hanging up, she takes some medication in distress.

The Accounting Department is suddenly overloaded with work, and it’s not long before Director Chu starts demanding to know where Sung-ryong has run off to in this busy period. Deciding to cover for him, Ha-kyung tells Director Chu that Sung-ryong had to leave early for personal matters. Director Chu nearly loses his mind in fury, but the employees are all too busy to track him down.

In the interrogation room, the police show Sung-ryong the evidence of the alleged accounting fraud. Sung-ryong swears his innocence, but his protests are ignored. The police aren’t worried, however, because a prosecutor will be coming soon to question him soon anyway. Right on cue, a scary-looking prosecutor arrives to take Sung-ryong away.

Overcome with worry, Ha-kyung excuses herself during lunch, leaving the rest of the Accounting Department to their ramyun break. Hee-jin grabs the first thing she can see – Chairman Park’s autobiographies, natch – to put under the ramyun pot. The team digs into their meal, spilling ramen all over the chairman’s photograph.

The team begins to eat and complain about Sung-ryong’s irresponsibility as a chief when the director of ethical management drops in for an unsolicited visit. She is horrified at the sight: office employees eating smelly food, during work hours, and on top of Chairman Park’s face, at that. She scolds their dishonorable behavior and attempts to whip them back into shape, to no avail.

Ha-kyung arrives at the police department to find out about Sung-ryong’s criminal status. The police officer briefs her on his charges, but then asks why TQ would hire someone like Sung-ryong; to Ha-kyung’s shock, it turns out he’s been investigated every year for tax evasion and accounting fraud.

Intern Ga-eun opens up a package, delighted to find that her mail-ordered bugging devices have arrived. She pockets the included lollipop and post-it note thanking her for her patronage before hurrying to the Accounting Department, a mysterious package in hand.

When she arrives to give the package to Sung-ryong, however, her target is nowhere to be found. Ha-kyung comes in to see a strange girl wandering around the office, and Ga-eun quickly introduces herself as an intern, here to give Sung-ryong a gift. Ha-kyung offers to relay the gift to him, but Ga-eun insists that she’ll come back later to give it to him herself. Director Chu tuts that Sung-ryong must be seducing the female employees already.

Meanwhile, a handcuffed Sung-ryong is led into an abandoned warehouse by the scary-looking prosecutor. The prosecutor ignores Sung-ryong’s flippant jokes and sits him down, asking if Sung-ryong was the one who prepared the fake accounting books. When Sung-ryong denies it, the prosecutor punches him in the face, knocking him out.

The Accounting Department finishes up their work, elated at the prospect of finally going home on time. Ha-kyung, however, pulls Director Chu away from the happy gathering for a private conversation.

Sung-ryong returns to consciousness in the warehouse to a new sight: Yul serenely grilling meat by his side. Sung-ryong groans, asking if Yul was the one who set all of this up, but Yul just snorts: “Why couldn’t my coworkers in Gunsan lock up a careless guy like you?” Smirking, Yul casually brings out a stack of Sung-ryong’s own old accounting books, dropping them on the table.

Sung-ryong is speechless, but Yul just sits at the table to return to a half-finished Jenga game. He tells Sung-ryong to pull out one of the more stubborn blocks, offering to let Sung-ryong go free if he succeeds. “I’m the only one who knows about your forged books, and the report was anonymous,” he says. “If you win this game, I’ll let you destroy them.”

Suddenly playing for his innocence, Sung-ryong reaches out a trembling hand for the Jenga block… right before Yul kicks down the whole tower. Sung-ryong jumps up at the injustice, but Yul shouts right back: “Did you think you could win by figuring out my weak point?!” Yul assures him that he’s nothing like the low-life criminals from Gunsan. If Sung-ryong tries to mess with his plans again, he won’t let him off this easy.

Executive Director Jo meets with Director Go to confirm that he leaked tabloid articles about former Chief Lee and his wife to their Chinese partner, Seoahn Jangryong. Executive Director Jo swears not to let Yul take her project; though she feels sorry to Chairman Park, she says, “This is a matter of pride.”

Yul tells Sung-ryong that the moment he acts out again, he’ll use Sung-ryong’s fake accounting books. As long as Sung-ryong does as he’s told, he’ll destroy the evidence. At Sung-ryong’s sigh of relief, Yul laughs, noting that these books are like potty-training an animal.

Yul settles on only putting Boss Bae behind bars, but Sung-ryong interjects to make a hesitant request: to leave his employee, Gwang-sook, out of it. Yul agrees, but then offers to settle today’s affairs in the old-fashioned way: “Kneel down, apologize, and promise to work hard in the future.”

Sung-ryong refuses, but the moment Yul threatens him again, he drops to his knees and complies. Yul laughs, condescendingly petting Sung-ryong’s head like a dog.

Ha-kyung talks with Director Chu over dinner, asking to know about the problems at TQ. Ha-kyung insists that they can’t turn a blind eye to pure injustice, but Director Chu tells her not to be so emotional; their lowly department is helpless to affect the affairs of the top people at TQ.

After Yul leaves, Sung-ryong takes off his handcuffs and overturns the table in fury before returning home and doing the same with his Danish flag. He demands to know why getting to Denmark is so difficult that he must lose his pride for it.

Sung-ryong calls Gwang-sook to explain the situation, and she indignantly urges Sung-ryong to leave TQ immediately. Still, he insists, he should take at least a little from TQ; he was lucky to get this job in the first place. Gwang-sook scoffs at the idea: “Do you know who the luckiest person was in the movie Titanic? The person who lost his ticket to Leonardo DiCaprio, and never got on the boat at all.”

Director Chu drinks too much during his dinner with Ha-kyung, and is finally drunk enough to spill all of TQ’s secrets. He informs her that TQ started going downhill when Chairman Park married Madam Jang, who was CEO at the time, and pushed her out of TQ’s affairs by telling the board about her illness.

Ha-kyung is surprised, having thought that Madam Jang stepped down voluntarily. Still, she notes, TQ is managing perfectly well. Director Chu just snorts at that: TQ has been operating in the red since 2011, and all of its financial reports have been faked. A horrified Ha-kyung realizes that TQ will crumble soon, but the director just tells her to keep this information to herself before drunkenly scrambling for a taxi.

Sung-ryong mulls over Gwang-sook’s words, but sighs that he doesn’t have any way to get out of TQ cleanly. The next day, Sung-ryong overhears the Sales Department gossip about a coworker on the verge of getting fired for misbehaving at an office party. He grins deviously to himself at the prospect of being fired, which is when the cleaning lady, Ms. Uhm, barges in to introduce herself again. Realizing she doesn’t recognize him from the hair-washing incident, Sung-ryong converses pleasantly with her.

When he returns to the office, Director Go is scolding the team for messing up the year-end calculations. Fed up, Ha-kyung starts to defend the team, but is quickly shut down. Sung-ryong sneaks in guiltily, knowing that abandoning the team yesterday was part of the issue.

He’s immediately called over by Director Chu for a scolding, however, and Sung-ryong starts to explain before realizing that Director Chu doesn’t know he was arrested. Sung-ryong thanks Ha-kyung in private for covering for him, but she brushes it off in annoyance. She demands to know why he was arrested every year for tax evasion, explaining that it’s particularly fishy when his predecessor is currently being charged for the same. She promises to watch him for suspicious action in the future.

Ga-eun returns to deliver her apology gift to Sung-ryong. She pushes him to open it, but he says he’ll open it at home. Startled, she opposes, specifically demanding that he keep it at his work desk, and only with Director Chu’s teasing encouragement does he agree. The gift turns out to be a garbage bin-shaped piggy bank, and he keeps it on his desk as instructed.

Director Chu asks how they know each other, and Ga-eun brightly explains that she hit his groin. Chief Kim tries to deny any misunderstanding to the scandalized department, but it’s too late. He receives a text from Yul and excuses himself, growling at the clueless Ga-eun not to follow him.

Ha-kyung asks to meet Director Chu in private, reminding him about what he told her last night. He’s shocked that he told her so much already, but reluctantly gives into her request to explain the power structure surrounding the chairman, which includes the three closest to him: Executive Director Jo, Director Go, and the newly arrived financial director, Seo Yul. Yul was specifically hired for his experience as a prosecutor, since he knows accounting fraud law and knows how to clean up the fraud perfectly.

Sure enough, Yul is hard at work scheming TQ’s fraud operations. Their accounting fraud inspection with their Chinese partner is coming up, and it’s a stricter inspection than other companies. Sung-ryong’s job is to create these false accounting documents… hundreds and thousands of them. Sung-ryong is indignant at the scale of work he’s being asked to do, but Yul is unsympathetic. As he leaves, Sung-ryong mutters that he needs to leave TQ as soon as possible.

The chairman’s son, Park Myung-suk, is busy with his own work, though to a much less admirable degree. He rejects the proposed model candidates for TQ’s department store in favor of his own choice, Na Sung-ran, even though she has a reputation of drug use and scandals. Despite advice otherwise, Myung-suk snarls that he’s chosen Na Sung-ran.

Ha-kyung sits alone in the office, deep in thought. She looks up Seo Yul in the office directory, noting from his photo that he looks familiar before placing him as the guy waiting at the batting cage. Yul himself, meanwhile, strolls up to the batting cage, nonchalantly playing whack-a-mole as he conspicuously waits for Ha-kyung to show up.

Ha-kyung watches Sung-ryong work before going to meet Madam Jang, who has investigated Sung-ryong’s history of past crimes. They note that Yul must have hired someone with fraud experience to do his dirty work, and that he must also be the one who led Sung-ryong go free yesterday.

Ha-kyung asks why the chairman is resorting to these methods, and Madam Jang explains that he’s trying to protect his position. Only by collecting sufficient evidence, says Madam Jang, can she convince the board and the prosecutor’s office to indict the chairman. Madam Jang tells Ha-kyung that TQ is currently preparing for Seoahn Jangryong’s inspection; during their preparations, they will surely have to reveal evidence of their accounting fraud.

Meanwhile, Chairman Park explodes at his son for his horrible choice of actress Na Sung-ran as the face of TQ Department Store. Realizing that Na Sung-ran must be the drunk girl Myung-suk brought to the funeral service a few days ago, he screams that Myung-suk helps the company by doing nothing at all. Madam Jang returns home to this scene, but the chairman quickly acts like nothing is wrong; in return, Madam Jang lies that he just met up with some friends rather than with Ha-kyung.

Things are tense at the Accounting Department too, where Ha-kyung and Sung-ryong begin arguing over workloads at their team meeting. Ha-kyung starts to accuse Sung-ryong of not being transparent, and Sung-ryong begins to retort when Myung-suk storms in, furious. Everyone stands around nervously as he begins throwing things around the room, demanding to know who is responsible for not clearing his receipts.

At that, Sung-ryong takes responsibility, responding flippantly to each of Myung-suk’s expenses: entertaining guests, buying brand name products, and renting hotel rooms. The team hisses at him to calm down, but it’s too late; before long, Sung-ryong is grabbing him by the arm and threatening to tear him apart. Yikes.

Myung-suk leaves, sobbing, and the team stands around in shock. It’s clear that Sung-ryong has just done something unforgivable; Director Chu sighs that the whole team will have to take responsibility for Sung-ryong’s impulsive action with their jobs on the line. Ha-kyung adds: “Do you think the higher-ups will be affected by something like this?” Sung-ryong retorts that she told him to be transparent, and so he was. He storms out.

Myung-suk’s own complaints about Sung-ryong, meanwhile, are met by an infuriated, humiliated Chairman Park. The chairman tells him to stop acting so irresponsibly, and then orders Executive Director Jo to take care of it.

Skipping off alone, Sung-ryong praises himself for going so far: only by doing something this crucial will he be fired and let free. Yul, of course, has other plans—as Executive Director Jo snarls that they should fire him immediately for his insolence, Yul insists that he needs Chief Kim: “I’ve just tamed him.”

Yul summons Sung-ryong to tell him to behave for the next few days, since he’s on the verge of being fired right now. Sung-ryong feigns despair, but before they can continue, Yul receives an emergency phone call.

Sung-ryong strolls back to the office but runs into Ha-kyung, who has been waiting for him: “I told you I’m watching over you,” she says. He acts hurt at her distrust, insisting that he has nothing to gain from exploding at the chairman’s son. “I might get fired tomorrow,” he sighs sadly. Shocked and apologetic, Ha-kyung watches him walk away, oblivious to the fact that he’s grinning triumphantly to himself.

The TQ higher-ups have an emergency meeting to discuss Seoahn Jangryong’s investment, which has been put on hold due to the rumors surrounding Chief Lee’s suicide attempt. Director Go informs the chairman that some delegates from Seoahn are coincidentally in Seoul, so he tells Yul to go meet and negotiate with them and get the investment back. Chairman Park also orders Director Go to file a legal complaint against Chief Lee’s wife and make her disappear once and for all.

Yul heads home after work and notices Ha-kyung walking toward the batting cage. He follows her there and greets her nervously, pretending he wasn’t watching her the whole time. As she leaves, however, she rejects all of his attempts at conversation, and he sighs to himself in embarrassment. Man, I feel like I shouldn’t find this cute, but… aw.

Executive Director Jo briefs Chairman Park on their afternoon meeting with Seoahn before the chairman points her to another matter: his wife seems to be disappearing often lately. He orders her to follow his wife and to report anything strange.

Director Chu returns from a meeting with management regarding Chief Kim’s fate. Until they reach a decision, Chief Kim is to remain on probation without working for a while. Director Chu apologizes for not being able to do more, but Sung-ryong insists that he’s fine as long as no one else on the team was affected. Sung-ryong packs up his things before heading to the probation room.

Director Chu reluctantly informs them of one other task, directly from Director Go, which is to prepare some refreshments for TQ’s Chinese guests. Ha-kyung grits her teeth at the lowly, humiliating job, but swears to do it herself.

Ha-kyung misses several calls from Chief Lee’s wife while she shops for refreshments, and finally, Chief Lee’s wife resorts to calling Sung-ryong instead. She’s just received the legal complaint from TQ, and she and Sung-ryong meet at a café to discuss it. He notes the charges against her, the worst of them being the disruption of business by interrupting an investment deal, and predicts that not many lawyers will stand up for her.

Ha-kyung belatedly tracks her down and arrives at the café, snatching the documents out of Sung-ryong’s hands. As they walk back to TQ, Ha-kyung tells her not to trust Sung-ryong, and that she’ll take care of things in the future.

The Chinese delegates arrive at TQ at the same time as Sung-ryong, Ha-kyung, and Chief Lee’s wife. Director Go, who is waiting to greet the delegates, notes Chief Lee’s wife walking toward them and orders security to detain her immediately.

Security grabs Chief Lee’s wife, pushing Ha-kyung to the ground. Taking in the scene, Sung-ryong makes a final decision; tightening his fist, he swings a punch into the guard’s face.

 
COMMENTS

I’m pretty sure this last scene is supposed to feel triumphant and refreshing… but why do I feel so unsatisfied? I think the reason lies in Sung-ryong’s character itself, who continues to be jarringly inconsistent. While Namgoong Min is an eternal delight to watch, it’s getting mighty difficult to relate to Sung-ryong, who acts loyal and generous in the impulse, but pushes all of his life decisions toward being aloof and selfish. For me, this last scene should have felt like a promise that Sung-ryong would change, but the show doesn’t seem to have set up enough motivation and reason for me to feel ensured and confident that he’ll stick to his guns. While in some circumstances, this repeated flipping of the tables would be fun to watch, in Chief Kim, the plot device is overused and made almost boring, like the showrunners could make up the rules and motivations however and whenever they wanted.

Of course, it’s not as if Sung-ryong is without qualities; in fact, there are certain moments where I’m glad for his character, as his ability to remain positive and bounce back from misfortunate with a smile on his face is exactly the method necessary to face these laughably specific, heinously evil adversaries. Anyone other than someone with Sung-ryong’s personality would probably be unable to withstand the pressure of TQ’s work environment and Seo Yul’s sinister threats; further, it makes me curious to know exactly where Sung-ryong’s threshold for suffering is. It’s particularly difficult to know, given the suggestion that Sung-ryong is constantly putting on a front; how much of his submission to Yul’s pressure is real, and how much is faked? What are his true intentions? What does he want out of life? Of course, these are questions that Sung-ryong himself doesn’t really seem to know the answer to, which is just as interesting.

One of my favorite running themes so far, however, is the idea of saving oneself versus working in a team. The team aspect is very prominent in this drama, not only in terms of professional department divisions, but self-made social ones, as well. Already, the Accounting Department seems to be establishing itself as a sort of family, looking out for each other in the face of the greedy, hot-tempered higher-ups. But for people like Sung-ryong and Yul, who do their best work for their own self-interest, how do they start to reconcile with the difficulties of looking out for others? How can they start to see that working together may have its strengths over ordering others around or having to carry them as a burden?

All in all, I’m having an inordinately hard time figuring out whether or not I like this show. There are certainly some certain aspects of each episode that genuinely surprise and excite me; this unexpectedly sweet (for now) one-sided romance between Yul and Ha-kyung, for example, was a legitimately welcome plot point that spoke to the volumes of potential for Seo Yul’s character development. Further, there are meta moments that suggest that this show is willing to be smarter than it’s letting on, such as when Yul scolded Director Go last episode for trying to take care of matters “like a criminal organization.”

The loyal friendship between Sung-ryong and Gwang-sook is always lovely to watch, and the Ga-eun antics are so laughably harmless that it’s almost sweet to watch. But in the end, these aspects seem to add up to less than their sum; in a sense, Chief Kim’s greatest strengths seem to lie in its potential rather than what it’s served so far. It seems to me to have a solid handle on storytelling, but without the effort it deserves to make it substantive enough to graduate from the lightness stage. Sure, that doesn’t have to be a bad thing, but personally, the jarring differences are hard to reconcile. But I just hope that the show will evolve its potential themes into something more substantive and confident before the comedic moments get old and we lose interest altogether.

 
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Song Ryong is really working for me as a character because I see his inconsistency as a moral inconsistency not as a character inconsistency. After all Seneca (famous stoic philosopher) was an adviser to Nero--some people can compartmentalize to a crazy degree. I guess we'll see as the show goes on.

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*Sung

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Even as a small child his moral compass was not really working.

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Agree!

My opinion and take on it so far -
On the outside, his front, Chief Kim makes us believe he's such a simple person (quirky, positive, aloof; nothing seems to affect him permanently). I think he is that simple, but he is also inherently like his father and trying to not be.

What may seem inconsistency is him wanting to prioritize himself and sometimes failing (unintentionally and intentionally) due to a struggle with morality. We are perhaps standing in the shoes of Ha-kyung as the audience - Sung-ryong appears only self-interested and currently his Mr. Righteous title doesn't fit - yet as the audience we have also been privileged to the glimpses showing there are cracks in his armor. He blackmailed the drunk driver who attempted to run Mrs. Lee over into settling with a sum of money for her; being desperate for money I thought he would take it for himself, but he didn't! He met with an anxious Mrs. Lee because she couldn't reach Ha-kyung even though he didn't have to.

His resolve and life motto is to not put himself in jeopardy especially for other people's sake - until that first moment whereas he ate the tangerine and decided to save Gwang-sook instead of saving his own skin and running away. Then although he truly wanted no part in it, he stepped in to save Mrs. Lee at the end of episode 4. I would love to see more background about Gwang-Sook and Sung-Ryong's relationship and how they met, which I think will show that he has struggled with remaining self-interested in the past. When he left for the city, Gwang-sook stated that he made her an office worker although she initially was just a server, giving her a chance to lead a different kind of life. Perhaps he saw himself in her, pitied her and took her under his wing, essentially teaching her how to be like him - a cheat. I thought it was so sweet him asking Yul to leave Gwang-Sook out of trouble, truly showing that he does care about her and is capable of having a soft spot for people.

In his childhood with his father, he experienced first-hand the negative pitfalls of an honest way of living that he's had enough of it. His current goal to move to Denmark (low corruption) speaks volumes about how much it has shaped him and still affects him in the present. I hate putting out theories because I'm always wrong, but maybe there is a parallel going on and his father being so honest was also a whisteblower - Mrs. Lee has a son (who has taken a liking to Sung-Ryong despite their short meeting) and perhaps Sung-Ryong will see himself reflected in this kid later. It would be interesting if the drama builds momentum and focuses Sung-Ryong's character arc around him learning to be both a tactfully smart and honest person, balancing something his father couldn't do.

There's so much potential in this story, but if this drama never manages to flesh it out I will be disappointed.

Anyway my reaction after this episode finished was the opposite of our recapper. Episode...

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Totally agree with you. Infact his trying to help her at the end might also be get fired. Since this may not affect his colleagues jobs.

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Those are some good insights! Giving me a new perspective. I think the show is really good: it is light enough to go through the episode, and wanting to watch more...but at the same time, not so addictive that I'm dying to see the next episode and ignore my own life. I like Chief Kim, but Yul's character is also fun. He is smart and ambitious, but not plain (like some other villains)...I think he can turn into good again or cross the bad line really far (both will be interesting too). Female character could be smarter...she is very naive for someone who works in accouting of a corrupted firm, how can her old boss know everything and she doesn't? Was she living in a bubble? They have been obviously faking numbers (based on CEO son's case). Anyhow, I need more flesh from her...not only naive rightness.

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very well summarized and I 100% agree with you !

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The key to understanding Song Ryong is his obsession with Denmark. He desperately wants to go there because he thinks it the least corrupt country in the world and he is willing to do anything to get there. In other words, he does not want to live life as a corrupt villain, he wants to live like his dad; however, in order to live like his dad and have the stability he craved as a child he needs Denmark. In the meantime he beleaves that the only way to make enough money to escape the corruption of Korea is to play the game and be corrupt enough to make his escape. Thus, deep down he desperately wants to be like his dad.

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Is... is he flipping her the bird in that top photo??

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I dont see any inconsistencies as you said in his character because his character is not supposed to be a total negative. His characters are in between. The grey area. He have his own principles. He only took black money. He's loyal to people who close to him like his cute secretary. He managed to the compensation from the guy who was being paid to hit the lady by car.He's not selfish at all if you see my points.

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Thing is he really wants to be a cold uncaring person just to spite his dead dad. He sees no point or profit in being moral or altruistic and He has little to no respect for good people.

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Agreed. He put himself in serious danger to save Gwang Sook in episode 1, for example. Those thugs were going to kill him!
And he did rush to the wife's side when she called him and said he was in trouble.

I think Chief Kim has his own moral compass - take black money, don't hurt women and children, and so on - that has been quite consistent so far.

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eeek, Yul was really creeping me out in that abandoned warehouse scene. He's scary!

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He was scary, but that banana milk had me cracking up lmao. There's such a difference between the way he interacts with people he thinks of as 'trash' and with seemingly innocent people. Seeing his reaction to Hakyung is interesting, bc all of his interactions thus far have been with trash lol, so we don't know what he's like yet when talking with a normal person. Plus, that bg music whenever he sees her is A+. It's such a sweet setup but that bg music really pushed it into hilarious territory

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Yikes. That scene punctured a whole in my theory that Yul is undercover. Now, I really don't know what's going on in his head.

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I think while he is undercover, he isn't a nice, truly righteous person. He's prob one of those prosecutors who became a prosecutor to seek out lawful reasons to punish people rather than to protect people. He's got a plan. It requires SR. And he needs to make sure SR delivers. And I'm guessing after the job is done, he plans to discard SR or throw SR in jail.

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That's a good point.
And it's worth keeping in mind that he has so far only shown violence towards those he believes to be on the 'bad' side.

Hmmm... You patched up the hole quite nicely. :)

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I'm not sure how many people would agree with my assessment (perhaps someone mentioned it here before and I didn't read it...), but Junho as a "threatening" antagonist to our protagonist is not just working for me. don't get me wrong. I think he's portraying his character well. it's just that when he's sharing the same scene as Namgoong Min, I just don't buy that he has that aura to "scare" KSR. (partly the fault lies in Namgoong Min as a very, very, very effective villain; thus, it's hard to erase that in my mind).

Junho is doing a decent job, but his whole vibe [as an antagonist] is quite low when he's on the same scene as NG. I wish they got someone with a bit more of a threatening aura... That's my only complaint.

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I don't think he meant to be threatening in a real sort of way. It's hard to pinpoint his brand of antagonism. It's like more of a selfish, self-centered 'you're all trash and I will use you up' vibe than the sort of true sociopathic evil NGM has portrayed in the past. And he's always eating.

And I think there are suspicions that he is also undercover. Probably going rogue instead of a sanctioned undercover job.

And NGM's oddball character seems to have pretty thick skin and just lets everyone's bad vibes bounce off him. I find the SR and Yul scenes sort of funny since SR is so odd and unpredictable and Yul seems to have a specific plan. And they both seem to like that meat on a stick snack.

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that's a fair point. I think my struggle is i'm not sure how to take in Yul's character, and I'm just "blaming" that on the portrayal. when Junho acts with all characters, I'm so convinced at the layers he's showcasing. but every dang time he shares the screen with NG, I get this nagging feeling that he just pales in comparison, and a seasoned actor with a stronger vibe would've been better. so the problem really lies in me -- that no matter how much I tell myself that Junho's portraying Yul effectively, I'm just not convinced.

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I don't think it would matter who plays Yul if the problem is that you can't disassociate NGM from his character in Remember..

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I haven't watched Remember...

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Sorry, my bad. When I read effective villain my mind just went straight to that drama lol

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Much appreciated. I was wondering which drama everyone has been referring to.

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I see your point and I think that's how their scenes are supposed to play out. I feel that Yul is not supposed to be threatening in their scenes because SR is not scared of him - they're playing a weird kind of oddball game whereas SR pretends to be subservient and Yul goes along with it although he knows and that's why SR annoys him so much (along with him not able to stomach SR since he thinks SR is straight up trash too).

He adds so much to the comedy too, which also goes to I believe intentionally undermine his role as an antagonist. The reason I think I am so drawn to Yul is not only because his character is intriguing and complex, his villain character is charismatic and yet so silly (like a villain you can't take too seriously) with all the humor in some of his scenes. That's also why the first-sight falling in love scene that was done with such pomp and music made me both laugh and ship him so hard with Ha-kyung.

Although he's so mean to my beloved SR, along with a few commentators here, I think he's undercover so maybe the writer isn't making him outright hard to stomach as a villain since there may be a reveal or change later on. I do think he isn't too morally upright now (and even when he was a prosecutor) and so he plans to use SR to achieve his end goal and throw SR away.

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I think the best thing about the show is that there are no purely good or purely evil roles. Unless you count the TQ big whigs, which honestly are played out almost caricature-like.

Yul and Kim have a great rapport bc both of them are slightly crooked. Watching Yul making Kim kneel in front of him was entertaining in part bc of that banana milk he was drinking lol, and also bc that was his way of winning that battle after Kim won the last one. They have different methods but they're both the same, just that Yul is more transparent in his ways. Kim is full of crap and Yul knows that so he went big, I'm loving this show tbh.

And it's also why I don't have a problem with Kim's wishy-washy sense of morality. He's not a good guy, but he's not bad either. He takes what he wants and stays out of it when it gets too inconvenient. But he's always been the one in control of the situation. I would chalk that last scene up to him finally understanding what it's like to be oppressed after that little interrogation with Yul lol. Makes sense for him to finally start growing a moral compass now that he's been on the other end.

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I feel the same. Junho's pretty good but for me he lacks the subtlety in acting to fully bring his character to life. It could be the writing though. I can't help but compare some of his scenes with YAI is Veteran. It feels like YAI inspired some of his handling of Yul.

I agree that this weakness is highlighted in his scenes with NGM where the latter overpowers Junho in their confrontation scenes. I'm having a hard time seeing Junho as a genuine threat to NGM because of this.

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I actually really enjoyed this episode. For me, the comedic beats hit the right points and I can't wait for Song Ryong's "birth of a hero" moment. I can feel like it is coming, and the build up is effective. That punch at the end: is it for getting fired or genuine? I can't wait to find out :)

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He already thinks he is getting fired for beating that rich snot. His quote about letting his violence out leads me to believe their was no real premedation this time and for whatever reason he was just plain angry at what was happening and he would get nothing out of it but the satisfaction of punching a jerk wad bully who through a woman into the street.

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Anybody else notice the "Accounting for Dummies" book in Sung-Ryung's room? (You can see it when he's on the phone with his former secretary Gwang-Sook after he's released from Yul's intimidation session).

Is that how he learned accounting ?

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He went to night school for accounting but evidently he is a book worm.

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I saw a scene whereby he watched his childhood videos whereby he was a winner in some genius kid competition? I thought he was kinda genius in accounting ?

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As always, thanks for the recap!

That sweet bgm that plays in the background everytime Yul crushes on Ha Kyung is so cute. Im crossing my fingers in the hopes that we aren't faced with a love rival plot with Sung Ryung. Yul and Ha Kyung can be together. Whether or not Sung Ryung has a love interest doesnt bother me. Just as long as adorable Gwang Sookie is by his side.

I too wonder if Sung Ryong feels genuinely threatened or is just putting on a front. I sorta of want him to one up Yul just to knock his confidence down a peck. At the same time however, can we get a bromance between the 2 of them? They'll be good naturedly exchanging barbs with each other and embezzling funds from already corrupted companies, all whilst munching on convenience store goodies.

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I love Chief Kim's character the way it is. not those typical MC who is good and righteous but a weird-but-normal-imperfect-one.

Same goes with Seo Yul, he's the villain I am rooting for. And to think that Seo Yul don't really have someone by his side. I hope Chief Kim will be hahaha. I wish Seo Yul actually succeeds and outsmart everyone.

I wish Seo Yul and Chief Kim both with happy ending, I would be heartbroken if one of them gets a lousy ending. Although, I don't know how it will work out but that's what will probably make me stick more to this drama.

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In my opinion, Song Ryong character is the one that 'I don't want to be like my father' but then, I m sure, he will end up to be like his father in his on way. Therefore, he is still opportunist and think on the money all time by doing the forgery. In this early episode, the conflict has not been so extreme, but each coincidence happened to him lead it to the exact opposite of his wishful-thinking. Still, he is smart to calculate and tried to avoid to be involved in fabricating the company financial report to be audited.

Watching this drama from episode 1 to episode 4 gives me insight that somehow, Song Ryong will be such a righteous man by many misunderstanding funny ways. Since it is a comedy genre to start with.

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Loving this drama so much.... Nam goong mind rocks as always.....Yul is sooo cute when he s crushing on hakyung...... I like him even in his villainesses.... But no one can up nam goong..... Anyway s love this drama soooo much....

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I love the difference when he is being villainous at office but transform to a rather cute guy when he was crushing on our lead gal. Lol.

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finally found the OST that plays during Yul's crushing moments. it's After Romeo's "How It Happens". Can't seem to find if they have officially released on Youtube BUT for what it's worth I found it on Spotify!

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Okay, I enjoyed this ep so much. That Ga-Eun and SungRyong hilarious scene tho, why am I shipping them so hard? lol
I see people praising Junho so much for his acting, and yeah he's doing really well even tho he lacks experience despite others. But I truly don't think he's stealing the show from NGM. Like how, I can imagine lots of actors who can play Yul's role maybe even better, but I seriously can't imagine anyone else who can play Sung Ryong's role the way he plays it.(Not even Cha Tae Hyun, the first actor who got the offer) He's killing it with his awesome face expressions. The show is more fun because of him.
I'm actually loving everybody in the show. I like the fact that no one is 100% good, even Ha Kyung. And Yul, I don't consider him as a pure villain. He's like Sung Ryong in a very transparent way. Ga eun is cute and lovely, hope she's after Kim in later episodes.
Tbh I didn't expect this to have more rating than Saimdang, I watched the 2 first EPs of that show and wasn't satisfied. I'm happy for Chief Kim team! Hope the ratings go up to 20%! Who knows?!

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While I don't necessarily think he's stealing the show from NGM, to give credit where credit is due Junho is doing really well. Maybe it gets a little overblown bc he's been relatively unknown in drama world, so people are surprised by how good he is when he has so little acting credits to his name. Personally I don't think another actor could have done a better job because it's his acting that is bringing out the character, and a lesser actor wouldn't have so many people wondering about Yul's exact intentions or hoping that he's secretly on the good side.

But of course, NGM is first billed and with good reason. He specialises in wacky, out of the box roles. There are not a lot of actors in kdrama that can pull that off. I'm glad Cha Tae Hyun turned the role down too, because like you mentioned, I don't think anybody could pull off KSR quite like NGM can.

The show works because of the push and pull between KSR and Yul, and while I like the other characters too, I wish there were more layers to them, esp with NSM's role. Will they ever let her do anything other than be suspicious? I love that Hakyung is a strong and independent female lead, but her unwarranted contempt towards KSR is starting to annoy me when she's acting on impulse and assumptions alone.

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How is it unwarranted? Factually speaking he is career con who she discovers was hired for illegal purposes and who has absolutely nothing productive for the accounting team since he arrived, just the opposite in fact. None of that is assumption.She had started to trust him, gave him the Benefit of the doubt

She had shown appreciation for his actions helping her friend before she knew his history and that broke her trust. Doing decent things will earn it back.

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The key to enjoying this show is to just sit back, relax and empty your mind. This is a comedy show after all, it helps a lot when you watch heavy shows like Rebel, Voice and Saimdang all at once. Everyone, from the protagonists to antagonists are not effective at all. I see them all as a goofballs that brings laughter even if they are doing heroic acts or horrendous acts. Their world seems like a happy, innocent one despite Ha-kyung being serious all the time. I would cross over in a heartbeat if i could. Cheering for Chief Kim to get his ticket to Denmark!

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I agree that all the characters (except the boring CEO) have a comic side to them, such as Yeo with his banana milk and high-pitched squeal of scorn. However, the show began with a man being hanged/hanging himself and there is definitely a dark undercurrent, so I wouldn't say it's a happy, innocent ride all the way.

The best moments are when a potentially dark scene becomes funny, such as the grilling Yeo gave Chief Kim in the Empty Building of Doom at the same time as he grilled his lunch. Or when Chief Kim walked into gangsta club and unleashed the Helium. Two scenes I've replayed a few times. LOL. :D

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I don't know... Ha Kyung has shown no comic side at all. Sour and Dour is more like it. She has her reasons but it would be nice to see her lighten up a bit.

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True. She's very down to earth and feisty, which I like, but she takes everything way too seriously. Chief Kim lets insults roll off him, but she resorts to passive-aggressive phone yelling. She also works solo - actually, all of our characters do. My hope is that we'll see some unexpected alliances and good ol' team work.

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She will change once the story kicks into high gear and she starts warming to Chief Kim. You can see her tease him in the preview for episode 5

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This remind me of 'The Producers' minus singing and Uma Thurman. How they wanted so bad to produce a very bad, unsuccessful, flop show, so they could get the investment money for themselves. Mr. Kim is Max and Seo Yul is Leo, well.. innocence and yunior, he is definitely not.

Mr. Kim only joins TQ in the first place to get a bunch of easy money and fly abroad, having a blast of his life. Now he wants to get out of TQ as soon as possible because he knows he would be the black sheep once the scheming is over... That's why he always tries to find the quickest way to get fired but just end up hilariously makes him always a hero.

If Leo got Ulla, could Seo Yul gets Ha Kyung?

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The KBS World subtitles have given Chief Kim's department as "Business Operations" and this dept work seem to be claims expenses dept and not the Accounting dept as the recapper I think has stated. For this drama purpose I think the Accounting dept is the one sitting on the nicer floor with that undercover intern.

Chief Kim potrayed well by NGM.It shows humanity where not everyone lives a straightforward live.

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Yes, for Viu they also subtitled Chief Kim's dept as Business Operations and the nice dept with the undercover intern as the Accounting Dept.

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It's kind of rare that we get a morally-&-integrity-not-so-good character as our protagonist. He is greedy for money n wanna get as much as he can from the companies he worked with from accounting fraud n etc. Maybe innately he is actually kind-hearted n full of justice but life force him to be realistic n to chase after $$$ only and also after seeing how his family suffered when his father only want a honest n a life full of integrity. I wonder how his personality would change to not only look at $$$ in life ? As usual NGM is really good at comedies (as villains in his other previous dramas too). He is truly a versatile actor ??

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In the midst of all the heavy mystery thrillers I'm watching (Defendant, Missing 9 and Voice), it's good to have a refreshing change to a comedy which I enjoy....NGM is daebak !

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Yul drinks banana milk and chomps on shrimp crackers in the process of interrogation, turns into a bumbling idiot in front of his crush and has been proven to not be a homicidal threat. How scary and intimidating are some of ya'll expecting this character to be? lol

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I'm trying to decide whether to watch this show or Defendant. I'm watching most of the others right now - Rebel, Saimdang, Introverted Boss, Hwarang, Missing 9, Voice, Tomorrow. Neither Defendant nor Chief Kim's plot premise lured me in but which would you choose?

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I haven't seen Defendant, but if you're into comedy then you should give Chief Kim a try. The first episode is a little slow, but after that it's really fast-paced and hilarious.

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the recaps of this drama is slow. its still episode 4.the story is nice. it always makes me laugh. i hope they will some time to write recaps on this beautiful comedy

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So can someone help me out here...I'm confused about the departments and titles. Why are there 2 accounting departments (the nice & bright one and the basement one)?

Is Chief Kim.in charge or the older guy? Why is he called Chief and the older guy called Director? And who's the guy involved who is involved with Yul in the fraud - is he an accounting head too?

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